October 19, 2009

Old Techs 17 Chiefs 17

Written by Richard Belli
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Chris Hamer squeezes over for a try Chris Hamer squeezes over for a try

Plymouth Argaum had victory snatched from them with the last kick of the game to leave honours even at Weston Mill, in a pulsating finish to a match that had never previously hit the heights.

As was expected the home side came out with huge determination after their heavy defeat to DHSOB the week previously and had the better of the first period. They kicked 3 penalty goals as the Chiefs struggled to get into the game. It was a different story after the interval however as unconverted tries from Chris Hamer and Josh Theophanides gave Argaum a narrow advantage. They looked to be establishing some control but could not extend their lead, leaving the large contingent of Argaum supporters slighly nervous.

The worries were justified when Argaum were turned over from a quick tap penalty and a loose kick upfield was gathered and fed to the Old Techs winger who went in behind the posts for a try. Luckily the conversion was missed and Argaum had a few minutes to get back into the game. A good passage of play saw the Chiefs take play to near the Old Techs line and from a resulting scrummage the ball was fed to utside half Hamer who ghosted through the home defence and used his strength to go in near the posts for what looked like the winning score.

With the try converted Argaum simply had to play out the last couple of minutes to secure another valuable victory however from the restart they conceded a penalty which was knocked over for the dramatic equalising score. In the clubhouse afterwards both sides felt they had chances to win but perhaps on the day a draw was a fair result. Argaum remain unbeaten in 5 league matches but know face the tough test at home to Plymouth Barbarians.  

Many thanks again to Paul Mattock who took some wondeful photos of the match which can be found on facebook at this link .

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